Meridian, Miss. Meridian city officials say the Public Safety Training Facility is making progress toward becoming a self-sufficient operation. At Tuesday's city council meeting, the budget was amended to include a $47,000 grant awarded to the training facility that provides law enforcement, firefighter and other emergency training for personnel from across the state.
Public safety director Bunky Partridge says it's a major step to making the facility stand on its own.
"We're really expanding. We're really bringing in national training opportunities," Partridge explained. "Right now, we have a structural collapse class. We have 27 students in it from all over the state of Mississippi. We have 17 firefighter recruits. We have nine recruits from the police department. So we're really doing good. We're hoping to make money to be self-sufficient, like I said."
The meeting was the last one for the year.